Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Between Hither and Yon

I'm a busy little bee right now, but I thought you might like to read a bit on the continuing slide of America off the cliff and into the abyss. The first is from William Murchinson writing In the Dallas Morning News, titled quite appropriately, "The Elites Versus Us:"
We live at an odd and dangerous moment -- one framed only in part by the court's recent extension of marriage rights to same-sex couples. There is much else to flummox and worry us. "Consent of the governed" seems the last thing on the minds of those determined to herd the sheep -- you and me -- to supposedly brighter pastures.
It reminds me of John Brunner's relentlessly depressing dystopian novel THE SHEEP LOOK UP. Don't read it if you're looking for a fun evening!

Historian Victor Davis Hanson, writing in NRO,  notes the similarities between modern American and democratic Athens (appropriate reading for the days when Greece itself swirls around the Great Toilet Bowl of History):
American democracy has become increasingly Athenian, as it periodically whips itself up into outbursts of frantic indignation. While the government in theory still operates according to the checks and balances of the Constitution, in reality, in the hyped Internet world of modern pop culture, fevered passions can seize the majority of the population in a matter of hours.
Well, darn cheery, doncha think? How about something a little cheerier? Dan Wos is the author of the book DEFINING SUCCESS IN AMERICA. He also runs a blog of the same name, one one recent entry is on The Feer of Guns...it is an excellent primer for dealing with people who might not agree with us...here's just a little selection, but definitely read the whole thing:

 I was talking to a guy who was anti-gun (I say "was" because he was finally able to see the benefit of self-defense) and I gave him a scenario. I said:
 "Let's say hypothetically that you and I are walking through the mall. We don't know each other  but it's Christmas time and the place is hopping'. People are walking around with their shopping bags full of gifts that they can't wait for their families to open, Jingle Bell Rock is playing on the sound system, you have your Starbucks Latte in your hand and we happen to be near each other. All of a sudden a masked gunman announces that everyone needs to lay down on the floor as he starts shooting people. I know this could never happen..sarcasm... But if it could and knowing your strict anti-gun rules, you knew that I had a licensed firearm on me. You knew this because you saw me duck behind a wall as I pulled it out of my belt. My question to you is, in that moment what thoughts and feelings are rushing through you and.........who just became your new best friend?"

BTW..Am typing this on phone on the fly...pls forgive typos,mmisssspellllings and assorted formatting crap!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Feeling Reasonably Human...

...which is a plus. I'm looking forward to campaigning the Ruger .45 ACP. It should be a lot of fun. I'm thinking it would carry nicely in a cross draw holster for EDC here at the Bunker.

Also interested in seeing how long the SBR paperwork takes for the .300 Blackout pistol. Still pondering optic...maybe Trijicon?

Hope to shoot my first precision rifle class in a few weeks! Probably use the McCrees Precision .308.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ground Up, As In Ground Beef, Day...

…I am somewhat desperately trying to shake a nasty case of ebola I seem to have picked up at the dentist's office. Short story, I had a root canal a week and a half ago in anticipation of an impending trip out of the country. Easiest root canal a ever had…bing…bang…boom and out. And it steadily hurt worse and worse as the week progressed. Soooooooooooooo I go back and they say, surprise, you have a budding infection! Gee, I've gone through this before. So, the doc says, here's some penicillin and a pain killer that works so poorly it doesn't actually, you know, block pain but you can't sell it to junkies on the street in Denver!  Rats…there goes my plans for the evening…and penicillin…I'm surprised they didn't ask me to lick a moldy piece of bread.

Predictably, the infection really starts rocking and rolling. I get back into town after a few days of sitting up in bed all night eating Advil and hating Bill O'Reilly, get another appointment and, wow again, I'm a wreck, jaw swollen, big pain, etc. So they refer me to a specialist, give me nuclear antibiotics and few enough Percocet that I can't become some discount version of Walter White peddling pills on the streets of Ft. Collins to university students trying to recover from the microaggression of seeing a picture Confederate flag on the roof of "The Dukes of Hazzard's" General Lee while surfing the Internet looking for recipes General Lee's Crispy Chicken.

Cover your eyes, Special Snowflakes!

Anyway, the nuclear antibiotics make me sick but seem to have squelched the roaring infection…sort of trading a headache for an upset stomach, so to speak. I rallied enough this afternoon to spend some time refining the zero on my Scout rifle. I'm not totally happy happy happy with the 150-gr Superformance GMXs…the groups are okay, but not the absolute laser beams the 168-gr Superformance A-Maxes are out of that rifle. Maybe it's me.

I am, however, absolutely blown away by the new Ruger Redhawk .45 ACP/.45 Colt. 4.2-inch blaster. I picked mine up today and can't wait to wring it out. Here's the first part of Ed Head's report on DRTV, along with one of Ed's pixs:

This gun segues perfectly into my rebirth of interest in big bore revolvers. As you guys know I've been routinely carrying and shooting the Talo 2.75 inch .44 Magnum Redhawk as my EDC here at the Bunker…I left it with Hamilton Bowen for a tune-up, BTW. I really like the idea of shooting an ICORE match with the big Ruger. Ken Jorgensen and I did a GUNSITE revolver class with the 4-inch .44 Redhawks shooting .44 Specials…it was big fun, like shooting a really heavy, very accurate stapler. Since I've shot a .44 Special with moon clips in an IRC, I've got the experience. In fact, there should be a special class, "S-Class," for stupid.

I've got to fish out my Blade-Tech Dropped Offset for the 4-inch Redghawk and see if the new 4.2 inch-er will fit (something about Canadian laws dictated the barrel length).

Still, it's kinda neat to have a revolver capable of running .45 ACP or the incredible variation of .45 Colt loads. Ashley Emerson had some 365-gr .45 Colt loads @ 1250 fps…that ought do it.

Plus, I finally got everything I need to finish my .300 Blackout pistol, adding a DoubleStar lower to the AAC upper.

BTW BTW, congrats to the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who have giving the big ole "You're Numbah One" middle finger salute to Andrew Cuomo's Safe Act…some 23,000 New Yorkers have registers around 45,000 of the estimated 1 million "assault weapons" in that state. Color me surprised…not.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Kinda Non-Day...

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

…like pushing the rock up the hill, then standing there while it rolls back down. I got most of the stuff done that needed to get done, but not done 100%. SIGH.

I gotta run the Scout rifle tomorrow, clean it and make sure I still have a happy happy joy joy joy zero.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Finally, Some Good News!

Actually, it was a toss-up between this from Real Clear Science:

A Chimpanzee Has Rattled Off a Drum Solo

And this one from The Daily Mail:

Angry dwarf is jailed after sticking a sucker dart on his head and pretending to be a Dalek in row which led to him being Tasered twice by police

All I can hear in my head is, "Inna gadda vita, baby…exterminate exterminate!"

Sunday, June 21, 2015

And These Are Our "Friends…"

From the Daily Caller:
Republican strategist Karl Rove said on “Fox News Sunday” the only way to stop gun-related violence, like the Wednesday massacre at Emmanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston S.C., was to repeal American citizens’ Second Amendment rights...
What to say…what to say…

How about, "μολὼν λαβέ, asshole!"

Saturday, June 20, 2015

I Am Profoundly Tired of This Crap

So President Nine Iron bloviates:
“It’s not because there aren’t violent people or racist people or crazy people in other countries; it’s that a 21-year-old kid can’t just walk in and buy a firearm and, oftentimes, through gun shows, avoid background checks, and then act on this hatred,” he said. “And we’ve got to change that, and it’s not enough for us to express sympathy — we have to take action.”
That would be like the same 21-year-old "kids" that you and George Bush threw away on worthless wars? The same 21-year-old "kids" that keep your ass safe day in and day out? The same 21-year-old "kids" running multi-million dollar military hardware; hell, probably the same 21-year-old "kids" flying the killer drones you love so well?

One lunatic, or even 10 lunatics, doesn't indict everyone else in the country. LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT…if a whole bunch of Islamic whackos kill, behead, torture, rape, pillage  destroy holy sites, sell women into slavery, send snuff videos out to the whole world and vow to kill every single one of us, it is OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE that we DON'T BLAME ALL MUSLIMS for the barbaric actions of a few.

Yet if a single white lunatic acts out his sick fantasies, we should IMMEDIATELY blame:

• All gun owners
• All white people
• All young people
• Everyone in the South
• Donald Trump
• Fox News
• Republicans
• Rand Paul

What the HELL is wrong with those ass clown?